John Pinette Dies at 50. The Comedy World Mourns.

We had the pleasure of interviewing comedian John Pinette for the Weekly a few weeks ago and we just wanted to express our condolences to his family and say that we are also deeply saddened about the news of his sudden passing.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that stand-up comedian John Pinette died Saturday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Station Square. A supervisor with the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Mr. Pinette had been suffering liver and heart disease. Examiners did not perform an autopsy, as Mr. Pinette's personal doctor signed off on his cause of death. Authorities suspect no foul play.


At fifty-years-old, Pinette had an incredibly successful career with a catalog of popular hit DVD's and CD's and was admired and respected in the comedic community. He was also well known for his impressions, for his role of “Edna Turnblad” in the musical “Hairspray” on Broadway, and for the various movie and TV roles that he entertained us with.

His presence will be sorely missed but for all of the people that are (and will be lucky enough to one day be) fans of this celebrated comic, the laughs will always live on. Thank you for being one of the great one's John.

R.I.P. and enjoy that big buffet in the sky.

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